Cloning Yourself to Multiply Your Ministry

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Are you effectively mentoring leaders to maximize your
ministry?

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Will your volunteers know how to carry on in your absence? Or
will programs fall apart and attendance decline in a haze of
confusion until the next official leader comes? In everything you
do, you have the choice to build only for today or to build also
for tomorrow. If you choose to build for tomorrow, you’ll be
doggedly committed to mentoring your volunteers.

Successful children’s ministry leadership requires a team
effort. Whether you’re fielding questions, pitching out great
ideas, or hitting homerun programs, working side by side with
others is the key to success. Are you using your talents
efficiently so you can make disciples and provide future leadership
in ministry? Take a moment to complete this checkup on your
mentoring ability in ministry.

Circle your answer for each question.

1. Do you keep your eye on the ball? (You keep
God at the center of your heart and ministry.)

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most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

2. When you strike out, are you willing to get
into the batter’s box again? (You persevere and seek God’s will
rather than your own.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

3. It’s the last inning, you’ve got two outs,
and you’re down by three runs. Can you hit the ball with
confidence, knowing that you can still win? (You’re a driving force
of enthusiasm even in the face of frustration.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

4. Are you able to recognize a bad swing and
take advice on how to correct it? (You learn from your mistakes and
can warn others of potential problems.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

5. Do you excel in the role of general manager?
(You develop concise game plans, anticipate problems, and generate
a clear vision for a winning season.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

6. Are you willing to act as the batboy? (You
assist others at any time, regardless of the task.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

7. Do you evaluate your performance regularly?
(You check in with your team to find out what worked, what didn’t,
and how to plan for improvement.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

8. Do you consistently remember to sing “The
National Anthem”? (You habitually express gratitude, appreciation,
and recognition to your team members.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

9. Do you sit in the dugout and let others
pitch? (You pass on ministry opportunities to others.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

10. Do you pitch to each batter knowing that
every person will respond differently to what you throw out?
(You’re receptive and respectful of other’s opinions, strengths,
and weaknesses.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

11. Do you realize that every win and loss is a
team effort? (You recognize that you’re a member of a team rather
than claiming ownership and responsibility for everything
yourself.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

12. Are you the local sportscaster? (You’re a
sounding board for others, welcoming input, ideas, changes, and
suggestions.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

13. Are you willing to wear someone else’s
uniform? (You listen to others’ needs, feelings, and positions
rather than insisting that people fit into your mold.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

14. Do you advertise your games? (You encourage
new members to join the team and invite everyone to
participate.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

15. Do you recognize that each member can’t
play every position? (You identify each person as special and
unique, able to serve in his or her own way.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

16. Can you accept criticism from the crowd?
(You realize that negative and positive criticism can challenge you
to offer the best you can give.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

17. Do you play with the team, rather than
creating a top-down model? (You share your administrative process
with others.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

18. Do you broadcast your games coast to coast?
(You’re skilled at communication and networking.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

19. Are you the team medic? (You stand ready to
heal, assist, support, guide, advise, encourage, and nourish your
team at all times.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

20. Do you commit to a rigorous schedule of
training so you can lead others with expertise? (You attend all the
training events you can, and you’re constantly searching for new
ideas.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

21. Are you willing to rearrange the batting
order to establish greater effectiveness? (You forgive others and
give them another chance.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

22. Are you a model player? (You do all that
you ask of others.)

most of the time   |   sometimes   |  
not usually

How you rate: Give yourself three points for every “Most of the
time,” two points for every “Sometimes,” and one point for every
“Not usually” answer.

If you scored:

  • Under 36, it’s possible that you feel apprehensive about
    working with others. You’d rather get the job done yourself. Open
    yourself up to new opportunities toward becoming a team member.
    Look for strengths in others that could complement your weaknesses
    and team up with those people. Follow the suggestions given within
    the checkup.
  • Between 36 and 56, you’re well on your way toward mentoring
    others. Be intentional about your efforts to raise up qualified
    leadership in your ministry. Encourage your volunteers to be
    willing to take over your role should God ever lead you to
    something new.
  • Above 56, you excel as a team player and provide quality
    modeling for future leaders in ministry. If you’ve been successful
    at mentoring leaders, perhaps it’s time to give them more
    leadership responsibilities. It’s been said that the most
    successful discipler is the one who can work him- or herself out of
    a job.

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